Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Assessment

At A Glance...

IncludesInstruction, round-trip transportation from CMRCA to Crazy Horse Buttress, equipment, teaching materials, lunch, water, insurance, coupon for 20% off anything at the CMRCA adventure store, one day bouldering gym pass, and discount on additional courses.
What to bringPersonal climbing equipment, sports shoes and comfortable clothing that you can move in.

For more information or to book more than 6 weeks in advance please contact us.

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***NOTE: Your booking date will be the first day of your two day assessment.

CMRCA hosts Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) assessments in conjunction with the American Mountain Guides Association.

Summary

The internationally recognized Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting.

Certification Requirements

  • Successfully pass the SPI Assessment
  • Hold current AMGA Membership at the Associate Level or higher
  • Hold appropriate current First Aid Certification for the area where you desire to work. (Please see the SPI Program Manual for more information on first aid requirements.)

Pre-Requisites for the Assessment

  • You are a current member of the AMGA.
  • You have successfully completed an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course.
  • You have led a minimum of 40 traditional routes, most of which should be 5.6 and on a variety of rock types.
  • You are able to comfortably lead 5.6 traditional routes, which means you place protection.
  • You are able to comfortably climb 5.8 on top rope.
  • The SPI Assessment can be taken directly following the SPI Course if the candidate successfully completed the course and meets the assessment prerequisites. However, it is highly recommended that the SPI Course candidate take time practicing and consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment (6-12 months).
  • You do not need First Aid training to take the course or assessment. However, it is your responsibility to hold appropriate medical certification for the location that you are working in.

The assessment will be conducted in both English and Thai. Materials will be in English.

The assessment will run from 8:00-17:00 each day.

More information about the AMGA and SPI certification is available on the CMRCA SPI Page and American Mountain Guides Association SPI Course Website

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CMRCA is the best!

I can say that going out to Crazy Horse Was by far one of the highlights of my trip. Ooan was a spectacular guide! We felt safe the entire time. He was knowledgeable and helpful. The Caving was beautiful, challenging(in a good way), and so much fun! I would highly recommend this company and the services they provide!

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Safe, professional and fun

Completed the multi-pitch intro with CMRCA at Crazy Horse and had a great time. My instructor, Add Konsingh was excellent at explaining the techniques and giving professional tips on anchors. I learned a lot in a couple of days and had a lot of fun in the process. Crazy Horse is a great location to do a climbing course and CMRCA have great guides.

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Intro to Caving was great!

My friend and I (two Americans in our early 30s) took the Intro to Caving class, and it was great. Our group was only three travelers and two guides, Ooan and Bo. Ooan and Bo were very professional and overall very nice guys with a lot of patience. The three of us felt very safe knowing that we were in good hands with the guides and the equipment. What a cool thing to do while in Chiang Mai! The cave was amazing! There a few climbs/repels/walks at the beginning of the cave before the big drop into the main part, which was quite a ways down! (You need to save your energy for the way back up!) Once in the main part of the cave, we ate lunch and took our time exploring the different formations – our adventurous buddy from Germany took a walk with one of the guides through some water to a different part of the cave where she saw millipedes and interesting spiders. Learning and using the equipment was a lot of fun. Be prepared to get a massage afterwards!

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Safe, highly trained, lead climbing experience

I had two days of private guiding and instruction for lead and multi-pitch climbing. I have done it before, but not often enough to feel comfortable going on my own. My guide, Gee, was very thorough and knowledgeable about mountaineering and multi-pitch climbing. He was very safe and he executed proper technique with his anchor and rope settings. While this group costs more than the competitors group, I was able to observe Gee’s technique against the other outfits guides and Gee was much safer and practiced under the Colorado Mountain School (US) standards. On the final day, I was able to complete a 4 pitch climb to the top of Crazy Horse. It was a great two days and I recommend this to those who want to climb and to improve their skills. Thanks CMRCA and Gee!

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A truly amazing experience. The highlight of my trip!!!!

CMRCA is soooooo welcoming, friendly, helpful, and soooooo knowledgeable and professional and fun!!! I am sooooo glad that I did two courses with them!!! Best money and time spent. Kinda sad when my courses were over. But even when they were over, everyone were still so glad to help me in other areas of my trip. Helped me set up an elephant tour, advice on where to eat and drink, and other things to do. They are soooo wonderful!!! And the guides work so well together and are so professional and knowledgeable. What a team; what a climbing family!!! So glad to have been a small part of it.

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